Georgia teen sues to complete school on time

From the Associated Press via ABC News:

A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

According to the complaint filed Thursday, 18-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy. The complaint says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home.

According to Georgia law, the school is required to consider Ms. Seals for homebound programs as long as she meets other eligibility requirements.  Why the school counselor told her they didn’t have such a program is beyond me, as state law requires it.  This particular school system has gotten into trouble once before over the same issue.

What bothers me the most is that you have a young girl who is trying to finish her high school education even with the obstacles facing her.  The school system should embrace her wanting to complete her education and work hard as hell to ensure she can complete it.  Instead, it seems as though the school system doesn’t really care about her education at all.  If that is the case, why have a school system at all?

It’s their duty and responsibility to educate the kids in their school.  Teenage mothers face hurdles that others don’t have to deal with.  Helping this young lady with her education will go a long way towards ensuring that she can provide for her child instead of depending on taxpayers to take care of them both.

Shame on the counselor and anyone else involved in this case.  No child should ever have to sue a school to get an education.  Not when we offer one for free.  Don’t set this young lady up for failure by denying her the chance to improve herself.

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4 thoughts on “Georgia teen sues to complete school on time

  1. Hello, Skype?

    No doubt the counselor was right, they probably don’t have enough home- bound kids to make it worthwhile to have a formal program set up. But in today’s high-tech world, it seems to me it would be easy and cheap to set up something as cases occur.

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  2. We did it in my small-town middle school for a kid who was sick and bedridden for most of a school year.

    In 1973.

    So I see no reason any school district in the country couldn’t do it 40 years later.

    There was a speaker/microphone box set up at each teacher’s desk so the kid could ask questions and hear classroom discussions, but there was no video. I recall the math teacher saying that she needed to copy down onto paper most of what she wrote on the board so that Mark (the sick kid) could refer to it as well as his notes and then ask questions later.

    Mark became a good friend of mine in junior high and high school; he later earned his Army commission. The last time I saw him, around ’85 or ’86, he was a brand-new lieutenant in the Military Intelligence field.

    I guess that speaker box got the job done.

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    • Maybe your school should dig that speaker box out and ship it to this school. I can’t believe that someone would not want to help someone trying to get their education.

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